Miguel Cedeno-Calderon of Greenacres, Florida was arrested on April 12 for allegedly raping a 15-year-old in 2016. Cedeno-Calderon, 21, is being charged with sexual battery. He was booked into Palm Beach County Jail and was released on Saturday on $75,000 bond. It is unclear if he has sought legal representation. Continue reading
A case of civil asset forfeiture involving a Hoosier’s seized Land Rover may end up on the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket. If they agree to hear the case, it could transform the approach of law enforcement to civil asset forfeiture across the nation.
Civil asset forfeiture is the process where law enforcement can seize property suspected of being involved in a crime. It is legal in most states, and few states require a criminal conviction for the property to be seized. Proceeds from the profits of civil asset forfeiture are often used to fund law enforcement, leading to accusations of policing for profit. Continue reading
The FHP trooper, who has been identified as Aliek Sierra, was driving west on Killian Parkway when he struck and killed the teen.
Linder, 27, is a TSA worker at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. He is charged with transferring obscene materials to a minor and attempted production of child pornography. The press did not name an attorney for him.
A bill giving new protections for people involved in civil asset forfeiture has now passed both houses of the Tennessee legislature. If Governor Haslam signs it into law, it may become easier for people to regain property seized by law enforcement.
The bill passed the State Senate with unanimous support and was supported by both civil rights and libertarian groups. “This is a rare bill because you had the ACLU on one side and the Beacon Center on the other, and they both agreed on it,” said Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga), who cosponsored the bill. Continue reading